for Patients and Physicians
The Faulkner Hospital
Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
INFORMATION for PATIENTS
FOR the convenience of both patients and physicians
wishing to send patients to the Faulkner Hospital, these
few facts about Hospital regulations have been gathered
and listed under several headings.
INQUIRIES. All inquiries about patients or the admis-
sion of prospective patients should be made to the Superin-
tendent or the Admitting Officer.
PROFESSIONAL STAFF. Patients may be cared for
only by members of the Hospital or Courtesy Staff.
RULES FOR ADMISSION. Ward patients for Free,
Part Pay or House Service may be referred for admittance by
any physician, providing the patient resides in Jamaica
Plain, West Roxbury or Roslindale.
Free Patients receive hospital care, Medical and Surgical
service entirely free.
Part Pay Patients receive Medical and Surgical service
free and pay a smaller amount than the House Service charge
for hospital care.
Private Patients pay their hospital charges and their
physician's fee as well.
Accommodation in Medical and Surgical Depart-
ments is as follows:
Ward: $24.00 a week or $3.50 a day.
Patients in rooms pay according to the room they occupy.
Patients in a 2-bed room pay $5.00 a clay. Those engaging
small private rooms pay $6.00, $7.00 and $8.00 a day. The
charge for larger rooms (with or without bath and toilet)
varies from $9.00 to $15.00 a day.
TYPE OF PATIENTS. Type of Patients Admitted:
Patients suffering acute diseases and maternity patients.
Patients suffering from chronic diseases are only admitted
when they can be partially relieved by temporary treatment.
Type of Patients not Admitted : Patients suffering from
contagious disease, mental disease, acute alcoholism or drug
addiction cannot be admitted.
Patients to be Admitted are requested to report at the
Hospital between 2 P.M. and 4 P.M. on the day scheduled,
bringing only necessary toilet articles, bath robe or dressing
gown, and slippers.
MATERNITY SERVICE. Maternity Service is private,
the patient is cared for by her own physician - — who must be
a member of the Regular or Courtesy Staff.
A bed in the 4-bed room is $4.50 per day for residents of
Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury or Roslindale and $5.00 per day
for non-resident patients. Private rooms run from $8.00 to
$11.00 to $12.50 per day.
Operating Room $15.00 Delivery Room $15.00
X-Ray $5.00 and upwards Anesthetics $5.00*
Unusual Drugs at cost Food not on menu extra
Special Nurse board $1.50 Special Nurse fee $6.00 a
a day day|
Laboratory charges : free patient — nothing ; ward patient
— $3.00; small room patient — $5.00; large room patient —
$10.00. This covers everything but electro cardiogram and
X-ray, which are extra.
*If administered by house officer.
fPaid directly to nurse.
FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS. Bills are payable
weekly in advance. Patients should come to the Hospital
prepared to make a payment sufficient to cover the first
week's bill. Any excess of payment will be refunded.
Rates for Accommodation include regular menu, general
nursing care, and all ordinary dressings.
The relative responsible for the patient is requested to visit
the Cashier's Office the day of admittance, to get a correct
understanding of the financial arrangements.
The Cashier's Office is open from 9 to 5 on week days and
closed on Sunday and holidays.
Patients to be discharged on Sunday or a holiday are
kindly requested to settle their Hospital accounts on the
previous day. Make check payable to Faulkner Hospital.
NURSING CARE. Floor nursing means that the nurse
has the care of more than one patient. The care will be of
such quality that the patient will receive adequate service at
all times, but this does not always mean immediate service
which the special nurse is able to give to her individual
GRATUITIES. Patients are earnestly requested not to
offer gifts to nurses or employees. The Hospital does not
AMUSEMENT OF PATIENTS. The Hostess will be
ready to supply reading matter, cards and puzzles, or to
write notes or send telephone messages for the patients.
Smoking is forbidden in the open wards.
When not forbidden by the physician in charge, smoking is
allowed in the single rooms, providing the door leading into
the corridor is closed.
Radios are permitted onty with the consent of the Super-
VISITING HOURS. As a protection for the patients'
welfare only two visitors are permitted at a time. As a pre-
caution against infection, children under 12 years of age
are not permitted to visit patients except on Saturday after-
noon from 2 P.M. to 4 P.M.
Exceptions to the visiting hours will be made in cases of
critical illness; otherwise they will be adhered to strictly.
Private Room patients 9 A.M. to 9 P.M.
Semi-Private Room patients 3 to 8 P.M.
Ward patients 3 to 4 P.M. and 7 to 8 P.M.
SUGGESTIONS. It is the desire of the Hospital to
furnish the best type of service and it is requested that any
criticism or suggestions for improvement be made to the
Superintendent or the Assistant Superintendent.
Inasmuch as the Hospital cannot afford at this time to
maintain a Social Service worker, to investigate cases, it is
earnestly requested that both the physicians and the patients
co-operate with us by bringing our attention to those in need
of help and also by saving us from giving free treatment
where it is not really needed.